• Wednesday, July 24, 2024

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Indian-origin man fatally shot during Dallas store robbery

The victim, Dasari Gopikrishna, who hailed from Bapatla district of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, went to the US only eight months ago.

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By: Shubham Ghosh

IN yet another incident of fatal attacks on Indian-origin people in the US, a 32-year-old man has been shot during a robbery at a convenience store in the state of Texas.

The victim, Dasari Gopikrishna, who hailed from Bapatla district of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, arrived in the US only eight months ago.

The incident occurred at a gas station convenience store in Pleasant Grove, Dallas on Friday (21). Gopikrishna sustained critical injuries during the robbery and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries on Sunday (23) morning while undergoing treatment.

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The Indian consul General in Houston, D C Manjunath, who was in Dallas for a Yoga Day event on Sunday (23), confirmed to Press Trust of India that the incident was unrelated to a shooting in Arkansas as previously reported by various sources. Three persons were killed while 10 were injured in that incident.

Expressing condolences to Gopikrishna’s family, Manjunath said, “We are deeply saddened to learn about the tragic demise of Indian national Gopi Krishna Dasari in a robbery shooting incident at Pleasant Grove, Dallas, TX, and are in touch with local family members.”

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The consulate, along with support from Indian associations, is providing all possible assistance to facilitate the repatriation of Gopikrishna’s body to India following local formalities, including autopsy and death certificates.

The incident has deeply affected the Indian community in Dallas and surrounding areas. Gopikrishna is survived by his wife and son.

N Chandrababu Naidu, who took over as the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh earlier in June, condoled the death. In a post on X, he said, “Deeply saddened to learn that a young Dasari Gopikrishna from Bapatla has succumbed to injuries sustained in a shooting incident in Texas, USA. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family and assure them that the GoAP will extend every possible support to help bring him home. We firmly stand by the family and pray for them to find strength through this difficult time.”

P Muralidhar Rao, a leader of India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, also condoled the death saying, “I am deeply saddened to hear about the tragic loss of Dasari Gopikrishna from Bapatla due to a shooting incident in Texas, USA. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family. Rest assured, the Government of Andhra Pradesh will provide all necessary support to bring him back home. We stand firmly with the family during this tough time and pray that they find the strength to cope with their loss.” He also tagged Naidu in his post.

(With PTI inputs)

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